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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in marine ecosystem-based management

Deadline.: 01.11.2020


NINA is Norway’s largest applied ecology research institute, with 285 employees. NINA conducts research within the natural and social sciences that are related to the interactions between humans and nature. NINA seeks to conduct applied research of very high quality and of high relevance for real world applications. The main office of NINA is in Trondheim with research units in Oslo, Lillehammer, Bergen and Tromsø.

This position will be located at NINA Tromsø, Department of Arctic Ecology at the Fram Centre in Tromsø. The Department of Arctic Ecology has more than 30 scientists, postdocs, PhD students and research assistants. More information about NINA can be found at www.nina.no. More information about the Fram Centre can be found at www.framsenteret.no.

About the position

A 2 year postdoctoral position is available at NINA Tromsø. The position is affiliated with the research project Barents-Risk: assessing risks of cumulative impacts on the Barents Sea ecosystem and its services, financed by the Research Council of Norway (2019-2022).

Tentative starting date: January 1st 2021.

Climate warming and increased human activities are changing high latitude marine ecosystems at an accelerating pace. The Barents-Risk project aims at developing and implementing the first Ecosystem Risk Assessment for the Barents Sea ecosystem, assessing cumulative impacts related to climate warming, fisheries, petroleum, transportation and invasive species. The project is led by the Institute for Marine Research and includes a broad interdisciplinary group of marine scientists aiming at identifying the most critical present and future pressures on the ecosystem, the cumulative impact and future risks associated with these pressures, and how the ecological risks are linked to ecosystem services.

The postdoctoral candidate will join the Barents-Risk team during the two last years of the project, and will be a part of a project team consisting of researchers, PostDocs and PhD students from the Institute of Marine Research, UiT the Arctic University of Tromsø and NINA. The candidate will work together with the research team to synthesize the findings from the project into a synthesis report for policy makers and designing web-based products to increase knowledge transfer and communicating results and data from the project.

Main tasks and responsibilities

• Develop and organize a synthesis report for policy makers

• Writing a scientific publication based on the report

• Develop and design web-based tools for knowledge transfer and communication of results

• Contributing to scientific publications and application writing

• Contributing to meetings with research partners


A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. You must have completed a PhD-degree in marine environmental sciences e.g., resource economics, marine resource management or marine ecology.

Other required selection criteria:

• Experience in science communication

• Experience in interdisciplinary environmental research

• Excellent English language skills, written and spoken

Preferred selection criteria

• Experience in marine ecosystem research

• Experience in development of web tools for science communication

• Experience in writing environmental synthesis reports

• Good Scandinavian (Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) language skills

Personal skills

• A team player with broad interdisciplinary interests

• Structured, targeted and solution-oriented

• Strong communication skills

• Motivated and enthusiastic

NINA offers

• Full time employment for two years

• Annual salary for postdocs is NOK 605,500 – 615,900

• Good pension and insurance schemes

• Flexible working hours

• A welcoming and inspiring working environment

• Beautiful surroundings https://www.visitnorway.com/places-to-go/northern-norway/tromso/

About the application

Candidates should submit their application via e-mail to [email protected], attaching a CV and scanned documentation of education, exams (including major grades), relevant experience, and a publication list. Letters of recommendation and selected scientific publications in pdf-format may also be attached. The applicants should also provide a short (max 500 words) description of the reasons why he or she is particularly suited for the position and the name, position and emails of three referees. Selected candidates will be invited for interview.

NINA seeks to increase the percentage of female scientists within the institute. Women are encouraged to apply for this position. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of gender, physical ability or cultural background.

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The application deadline is November 1st 2020.

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